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Published 3: 31 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019 | Updated 8: 39 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019
Late-night impeachment hearing gives way to voting on Thursday
The House Judiciary Committee will reconvene Thursday and the 41-member group is likely to vote to send the articles to the full House of Representatives. . The committee will vote separately on each of the articles: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The accusations are that President Donald Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival and then obstructed lawmakers by directing his administration defy subpoenas. Before the final votes, the committee will consider potential amendments, which is when Republicans could attempt to remove or limit the accusations. But Democrats outnumber Republicans on the panel 24-17, so they are expected to control any contested votes.
- Background: The two articles of impeachment against Trump explained
- New poll: Majority of Americans say Trump did not cooperate with impeachment, sought to hinder investigation
- Work done in Congress: Moderates boosted with Trump impeachment articles, trade deal
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Britain gears up for ‘nightmare before Christmas’ vote
Britain holds its fourth national vote in four years on Thursday, with polls predicting an uncertain outcome. If New York-born Boris Johnson’s incumbent Conservative Party retains power it will effectively clear a path for him to push through Britain’s EU departure on Jan. 31. If Johnson loses, or doesn’t prevail with a large enough majority, then Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn may attempt to form a minority government by partnering with other opposition groups. A Corbyn win could lead to a new Brexit referendum. Under Britain’s centuries-old political system the nation elects a party, not a leader, meaning the ruling party can make changes at the top and still be in government.
Last day for Democratic candidates to qualify for the final debate of the year
The deadline is Thursday for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to qualify for the December debate. To qualify for the Dec. 19 match-up, candidates must receive 4% or more support in at least four polls, which include national polls or polls in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada. Additionally, candidates need at least 200,000 unique donors. Seven candidates have qualified so far. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said that she won’t be attending the debate, even if she qualifies.
Lawyers for Boston bomber set to appeal death sentence
A federal appeals court in Boston on Thursday is set to consider whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a fair trial before he was sentenced to death. Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 for carrying out the April 15, 2013, attack with his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev that killed three and injured 260. Lawyers for Tsarnaev, now 26, are seeking to have his death sentence overturned, arguing he did not get a fair trial because the 12 jurors were exposed to relentless media coverage following the attacks. Tsarnaev is not expected to attend the hearing.
- From the archive: Tsarnaev found guilty on all 30 charges
Presidents Cup: U.S. team hopes to bounce back after rough first day
Despite playing captain Tiger Woods and the Americans having a distinct advantage when it comes to talent, the Internationals lead after a session of play as they stormed out to a 4-1 lead Thursday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on the first day of the 13th edition of the Presidents Cup. The heavily favored Americans looked anything but the powerhouse that boasts all 12 players in the top 25 while their counterparts have three, nor did they look like the team that would add to the 10-1-1 edge the U.S. holds in the matches. “Just because we lost the session doesn’t mean the Cup’s over,” Woods said after Day 1. “We have to earn the Cup.” Day 2 action coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel.
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